Gracanica Things to Do
Visiting Gracanica monastery
This is a fairly easy drive from Skopje and border facilities are straightforward if you have the right documentation. Sixt in Skopje will provide a hire-car with the correct paperwork. (Even so, all the indications are that it wouldn't be too difficult to find accommodation closer to Gracanica.)
Whatever arrangements are finally made for Kosovo/Kosova, hopefully the monastery will again become more readily accessible. But it would be fair to say that there is little else to see in the town and the surroundings are not encouraging at the moment. The perimeter wall of the monastery is topped with razor wire and a UN armoured car stands outside the gates.
As soon as you enter the gate, the contrast is total: peace, tranquility and an imposingly beautiful building. Within seconds the world outside is gone. The church itself is smaller and more intimate than it appears from outside. The interior is covered with 14th century frescoes: numerous saints, the founder himself - King Milutin - and even a frescoed copy of the foundation charter. It seems intrusive to photograph so try the website below.
One of the architectural wonders of the Balkans.Related to: